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Kerry: Climate bill failure among biggest Senate regrets

Kerry, along with Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamDems walk tightrope on Pompeo nomination Senate panel moving ahead with Mueller bill despite McConnell opposition Overnight Defense: Lawmakers worry over Syria strategy | Trump's base critical of strikes | Flake undecided on Pompeo | Coast Guard plans to keep allowing transgender members | GOP chair wants to cut B from Pentagon agencies MORE (R-S.C.) and now-retired Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), labored in 2009 and 2010 to craft a sweeping emissions-capping and energy bill.

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But the effort suffered a mortal blow when Graham abandoned the talks, and the bill that Kerry and Lieberman later rolled out in 2010, lacking votes, never made it to the Senate floor.

Kerry, a longtime advocate of curbing greenhouse gas emissions, has vowed to make climate change and green energy a focus at Foggy Bottom, and the State Department’s work on the topics should give him plenty of chances.